Simple answer is NO! The rise of low carb diets are making people fear carbs. However, there is in fact no reason to fear carbs and these restrictive diets do not work. Restrictive diets are unhealthy, both physically and mentally.
Carbs should not be excluded from our diet. Carb-rich foods are an important source of many minerals and vitamins. Wholegrain carb-rich foods such as wholegrain bread and pasta are a valuable source of fibre. This fibre has been found to decrease LDL cholesterol, aka “Bad Cholesterol”. This means these foods are good for the heart.
Meals with around 50% carb-rich foods keep you fuller for longer compared to other meals. This will help decrease later hunger and cravings.
So NO, carbs are not the enemy. No foods should be excluded from our diet, including carbs. Make sure to include around 50% carbs in your meals and aim for wholegrain carbs to get that extra fibre.
Here are some article links on whole grain and low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates and their effects on health.
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